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On this episode of PEACE TALKS RADIO, we consider a 2020 film documentary made in response to the times we are living in. THE ANTIDOTE is a feature documentary that weaves together stories of kindness, decency, and the power of community in America. It's about everyday people who make the intentional choice to lift others up, despite the fundamentally unkind ways of our society, which are at once facts of life in America and yet deeply antithetical to our founding ideals. Host Paul Ingles talks with the film's directors: Academy Award-nominee Kahane Cooperman, and six-time Emmy winner, John Hoffman. The film is available on several platforms for online viewing. Among the stories featured in the film is a program offering health service to the homeless in Boston; a resettlement support services project helping refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo adjust to a very different life in Anchorage, Alaska; a community college in Amarillo, Texas really going the extra mile to remove the emotional, logistical and financial barriers students face as they try to improve themselves to contribute more substantially to their families and the community; a Decatur, Georgia Baptist church going off the more common script in opening up its doors to embrace and include the LGBTQ+ community; an intentionally intergenerational living community in Portland, Oregon matches young people in foster care with elderly residents who offer love and compassionate guidance. Paul also talks with 2 of the kindness agents featured in the film. One is DeAmon Harges in Indianapolis, Indiana. He’s a community organizer who seems to be crafting meaningful change by bringing out the gifts and talents of his neighbors in a neighborhood that’s been through tough times. The focal point of the project is a bike shop that employs young people to re-condition bikes for others. Multigenerational and multi-ethnic adults pitch in to help. We also visit with Modesto, California high school teacher Sherry McIntyre who has, since 2000, been teaching freshman about the history of World Religions. The ninth graders learn how to engage with different ideas, cultures and beliefs in McIntyre’s class and are on their way to becoming more open-minded, accepting young adults.
Each year about a million people in the United States attempt to take their own lives. Another ten million people seriously consider suicide. Those rates have been rising in the coronavirus pandemic. These statistics became very real for us at PEACE TALKS RADIO recently when a talented young producer named Hannah Colton, who did several episodes for us, took her own life in November of 2020. On this episode we talk with psychologist Dr. Ursula Whiteside about her efforts to stop suicide. We also talk about the difficulty journalists face as frontline responders with Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. We also sample some of Hannah Colton's work for PEACE TALKS RADIO. Megan Kamerick hosts the interviews.
Our annual compendium of highlights from the programs of one season of PEACE TALKS RADIO - the series on peacemaking and nonviolent conflict resolution. You'll hear excerpts from 2020 programs about The Peace Work of Jimmy Carter, Meeting Conflict around Mental Illness, Confronting White Supremacy & Extremism, Dealing with Climate Anxiety, Confronting Hate Crimes & Learning Media Literacy, Public Art's Response to Conflict, Improving Political Civility, John Lewis' Work for Peace, Native Values in Government, Restorative Justice in Clergy Abuse Cases, Police De-escalation Training, Quakers in Costa Rica, and Tips on Peace Building When We Disagree.
When most election seasons end, there's a lot of talk from winning candidates about opposing political sides trying to "talk" and "listen" to each other and stop demonizing each other. One commentator recently said that can't be up to the politicians, "that's up to us!" This PEACE TALKS RADIO program is about how to move from disgust of another's belief to a more engaged alliance. Host Suzanne Kryder leads a panel discussion about how, when we disagree, what more can we do other than the extremes of avoiding them or screaming at them. Guests are Roxy Manning, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist and Nonviolent Communication trainer; Rabbi Amy Eilberg, DM, spiritual director and author; and Srini Pillay, MD, psychiatrist, brain researcher, and author.
We explore peacemaking strategies for law enforcement officers who are trying to respond to persistent calls from citizens to address repeated high profile examples of excessive force. Sarah Holtz speaks with crisis intervention trainer Scott Sharot. Then we spotlight a documentary that tells the tale of American Quakers expatriating to non-military Costa Rica in the 1950's and setting up a community there that still is thriving today.
A two-part edition of PEACE TALKS RADIO this time. First, host Megan Kamerick visits with Glenn Aparicio Parry, author of "Original Politics: Making America Sacred Again, which explores how the best aspects of the United States -- ideas like liberty, equality and justice -- were inspired by Native American cultures. Megan also talks with Oren Lyons, who is a faith-keeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Council of Chiefs, with the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. In part two of our program, Megan talks with Stephanie Lepp. She’s the producer of the Reckonings podcast. In one of her episodes of Reckonings, Stephanie featured a real-life story of two people who are working together to find healing and solutions to clergy sexual abuse.
The late 17-term Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis is remembered in a special that includes the memorial ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol when his body laid in state in the Rotunda, a week after his death July 17, 2020. Also included are other tributes, and archival tapes of John Lewis speeches and interviews.
National polling in recent years has consistently reported that 2/3rds of those polled feel that there’s a major problem with civility in our nation, while 75% agree that it’s certainly worse than it was just a few years ago. Since 2004, PEACE TALKS RADIO has been tracking the conversation about the declining civility in our political discourse. This time on the program we present another panel of guests with their takes on it with Suzanne Kryder hosting the conversations.
On this edition of PEACE TALKS RADIO, we discuss the relationship between public art and conflict resolution. First, we meet Heidi Schmalbach, an arts advocate who studies creative placemaking as a means to strengthen community. Next, we speak with Tsungwei Moo, a visual artist who recently contributed to the Art of Peace Project, which transforms gun parts into artwork. Finally, graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez describes how his superhero series, "La Borinqueña", has helped to support grassroots activism in Puerto Rico and mutual aid efforts in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic.
Two topics on this program. First, Judy Goldberg visits with Arjun Singh Sethi who tells us about his book, American Hate - Survivors Speak Out. Also in the show Paul Ingles talks with media literacy scholar and teacher Rob Williams about ways to filter our experience with mass media to minimize the disruption to our inner peace and ability to make peace with others in our world.
On this edition of PEACE TALKS RADIO, we hear three perspectives on climate anxiety. We hear from Frances Roberts-Gregory, an environmental sociologist; Peter Fimrite, who covers the environment for the San Francisco Chronicle; and Monique Verdin, an artist and storyteller who has documented environmental damages to her ancestral land in coastal Louisiana. Sarah Holtz hosts.
On this edition of PEACE TALKS RADIO, Megan Kamerick interviews Layla Saad, the author of "Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor". Also, Sarah Holtz speaks with the Executive Director of Parents for Peace, Myrieme Churchill, to learn about the group’s vision and strategies in helping families deal with family members who become drawn to extremist and terrorist causes.
This Peace Talks Radio program discusses lessening the stigma around commonly named mental illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, and psychosis, as well as how to support someone appearing to have a mental health challenge in public, for example, on the street, in a building, or on a bus. Or in our family or circle of friends. The program also looks at the conflict in mental health care over the diagnosis and treatment of the 450 mental disorders listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
On this program, we present part of our chat with Former President Jimmy Carter from 2002. Also, an extended conversation with Stu Eizenstat who was President Carter’s Chief Domestic Policy Adviser, and Executive Director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff during his presidency. In 2018, Eizenstat published the book JIMMY CARTER, THE WHITE HOUSE YEARS. Finally, you’ll also hear an excerpt from President Carter’s landmark 1979 Oval Office talk with the nation called “Crisis of Confidence.”
Our annual compendium of highlights from the programs of one season of PEACE TALKS RADIO - the series on peacemaking and nonviolent conflict resolution.  You'll hear excerpts from 2019 programs about Mediation training programs, refugee asylum efforts, Johnny Cash playing the Nixon White House in 1970, peacemaking in the LGBTQ community, Catholic peacemaking icons Dorothy Day and Oscar Romero, economic class conflict, town meeting conflict resolution, and more.
Long before the United States became a nation and implemented American democracy as we know it today, there were town meetings. Nearly 400 years later, the town meeting tradition has endured in New England, though with each passing decade, towns are seeing a steady decline in participation. On this episode of Peace Talks Radio, correspondent Sarah Holtz brings us a conversation about conflict resolution through the lens of town meeting. We'll hear from four individuals who actively participate in their own town meetings.
It's easy to be fearful in the world today. But how much of our fear is based on things that are not actual threats? Today, 3 takes. One says fear is unequally distributed in the U.S.- onto people of color. Another guest says, in general there's less to be afraid of than we're led to believe. And our other guest says, we're misdirecting our fear when it comes to the major threats to our national security. Guests are Janet Napolitano, Barry Glassner, and Reggie Jackson. Host, Megan Kamerick.
While some organizations and individuals believe there is multidimensional inequality in the U.S., this PEACE TALKS RADIO program is only about economic class conflict - not social, political, or cultural inequality. We talk with two good thinkers on the topic: Dr. Tina Wright, a sociologist, who teaches at LA Southwest College and Nick Hanauer, a self-described "proud and unapologetic capitalist" who's become a leading critic of income inequality and modern economic policy. He's also the host of the weekly podcast "Pitchfork Economics".
At the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial in Poland, a quote on the wall of one of the cell blocks reads, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." These words are attributed to George Santayana, and they help explain why the former death camp is still open for public viewing 74 years after it was shut down. Historical amnesia was a real danger after the Holocaust, and with so many other tragedies that have followed, it's still a threat today.
We offer two stories this time. In Part One, a story of restorative justice and reconciliation between a woman, who was a victim of a non-consensual sexual assault during a casual date in college, and the man who assaulted her. We'll hear about an all-too-rare resolution where the perpetrator becomes inspired to make things more right by admitting his guilt first to his victim, then publicly and teaming up with the victim to share their story together to promote consent, and help reduce sexual abuse in dating. This full story can be heard on the podcast Reckonings. We present a bit of a short cut version of it today on our show by interviewing the Reckonings producer and host Stephanie Lepp. In part two of the hour-long program, we explore an emerging practice within conflict resolution. When interpersonal conflicts arise, our capacity for care and compassion can sometimes be eclipsed by other emotions. De-escalation is a technique that helps people return to that place of balance. Sarah Holtz talks with Lindsey Krinks who leads trainings in de-escalation on behalf of the non-profit she co-founded, which is called Open Table Nashville. Though she predominantly works with homeless communities, Lindsey emphasizes the degree to which de-escalation can be beneficial to anyone facing conflict.
Despite the Catholic Church being mired in its sexual abuse scandal which has tarnished the faith's reputation globally, Catholic history also holds many courageous stories of people working for peace, social justice and economic equity. We’re going to spend some time on those stories on this program. Today Megan Kamerick talks with three guests. The episode leads off with Megan’s conversation with Kate Hennessy, the granddaughter of Dorothy Day, who co-founded the Catholic Worker movement. Then Kerry Walters discusses his book: "Saint Óscar Romero: Pastor, Prophet, Martyr. Romero was assassinated in 1980 while saying mass and was canonized in 2018. He died the day after he spoke out against the violence in El Salvador. Megan also speaks with Sister Simone Campbell, a contemporary advocate of social justice and one of the leaders of the “Nuns On The Bus” movement, wherein a group of nuns travels on a bus from town to town throughout the U.S. to advocate for under-served populations.
This time on PEACE TALKS RADIO, a three-part program about peacemaking in LGBTQ communities. Coming out can lead to a sense of personal peace that many people spend their whole lives seeking. But coming out can sometimes bring about conflict with family, friends, and the larger society in which we live. On this month’s episode of Peace Talks Radio, correspondent Sarah Holtz speaks with three individuals who came out about their sexual orientation and gender identity and found their own personal peace. They are now doing the difficult work of promoting peace and justice within and outside of their communities. Whether we’re conscious of it or not, definitions of gender and sexuality surround us in daily life, from the symbols posted on restroom doors, to the families we see in advertisements. The three guests on today’s show represent an effort within the LGBTQ community to challenge accepted norms of gender identity and sexual orientation in order to envision a more inclusive world. Our guests include Sierra Debrow, outreach coordinator for the Transilient Organization. and Anne-Marie Zanzal and Sally Michelle Jackson who both share their own coming out stories.
This time on Peace Talks Radio, a conversation with Sara Dosa, who co-directed the Netflix film "Tricky Dick and The Man in Black." In the late 1960's and early 1970's, the divisions in the United States over the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement brought the youth of America in conflict with longstanding social and political norms. The Richard Nixon administration sought to ingratiate itself to both the youth culture and the Deep South by trying to recruit the favor of music star Johnny Cash. Cash, nicknamed “The Man In Black”, was invited to perform at the Nixon White House. Nixon wanted him to play stereotypical country favorites that he didn’t even write. But Cash's social consciousness was being lit by anti-establishment rock music performers like Bob Dylan and Neil Young. The struggle in Cash's heart and the resultant song choices at the concert are at the core of the documentary. It is Part One of the hour-long episode. In Part Two of the hour-long version, conversations about how the legacy of Nelson Mandela might inspire today’s African leaders? Reporter Judy Goldberg leads a panel that explores history, identity and power structures embedded in the strategies to move Africans towards sustainability and independence. Guests are Ndaba Mandela, mentor, political consultant and grandson of Nelson Mandela; Andrew Nalani, educational designer/evaluator who promotes positive youth development, and Teddy Warria, entrepreneur, author, and collaborator with Ndaba Mandela to transform leadership in Africa. This segment was made possible in part by the Bartos Institute. Recorded at the United World College-USA’s Migration and Belonging Conference, 2019.
This time on Peace Talks Radio, a two-part program. In Part One, we'll meet the founders of the New Mexico Peace Choir, which was formed in 2015 to promote peace and joy and also raise awareness of important issues like the environment. It has grown into a movement and last year represented the United States last at the World Peace Choir conference in Vienna. Members were also part of a world premiere work, The Great War symphony, in November 2018 at Carnegie Hall in New York commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. You'll hear how their performances bring people together and foster greater understanding. In Part Two, we’ll hear from military veteran and long-time peace activist Sally-Alice Thompson who, at 95, is hardly slowing down in her daily drive for social justice and peace. A Navy veteran who served in World War 2, Sally-Alice also taught school for 20 years and, along with her husband Donald founded a chapter of Veterans for Peace in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She’s also a veteran of scores of marches and protests over many decades now.
This time on Peace Talks Radio, a two-part program. Part one is a focus on outreach efforts that intend to bring some peace and safety to immigrants whose futures have become tangled up in the United States’ evolving immigration stance. First we’ll hear the story of Jose Torres who, in the fall of 2017, became the first person in New Orleans to take sanctuary in a church to avoid deportation. Jose is a community leader with the Congress of Day Laborers, a group of immigrant workers and families who helped to rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina. Producer Sarah Holtz spoke with Jose at his place of sanctuary, First Grace Methodist Church. Then Suzanne Kryder speaks with Justin Remer-Thamert, director of the New Mexico Faith Coalition For Immigrant Justice, who recently received the Parliament of the World's Religions Justice Award. Justin also offers some ideas about bringing opposing sides of the immigration debate closer together. Finally, Suzanne visits with Bawa Jain, the Secretary-General of The Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders that opened at the United Nations in August 2000 with the intent to find ways that the worldwide religious and spiritual communities can work together as interfaith allies with the United Nations on specific peace, poverty and environmental initiatives.
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